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EU bans glyphosate

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 12:03

I've just got hold of enough to see me through the next few years.  Probably discover later that it degrades in the bottle and won't last that long.


Posted: 15/04/2016 at 09:11


If I want a cucumber I'll grow a cucumber and if I want a melon I'll grow a melon. 

In most instances, multi-function devices don't do any of the jobs as well as a device created for a specific purpose.  My suspicion is that it will be no different with fruit, or is it a veg.... 

EU bans glyphosate

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 09:07
obelixx wrote (see)

It's a relatively recent introduction to gardening and I'm sure we can live without it again.

Glyphosate was developed because other weedkillers were banned so it's not simply a case of reverting to what was being used before. 

The suggestion by the Soil Association to weed by hand, use livestock as weed controllers, or used deep mulch shows how detached they are from the reality of the problem for many gardeners, myself included.  I have problems with both knees and one hip which makes bending to do the weeding difficult.  I certainly have no plans to introduce livestock, and can't afford to buy the quantity of mulch required to cover 200 + feet of borders.

EU bans glyphosate

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 08:12

I've just read that the EU has voted to ban glyphosate on the basis that it may be carcinogenic, but that there is no hard evidence either way.

Time to get the bulk order in before it all disappears from the shelves methinks.

Can you identify this please

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 18:03
Alan Clark2 wrote (see)

It does indeed change as it grows, with the red colour fading.

Thanks Alan.  Certainly explains why I couldn't find it in my books.


Can you identify this please

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 17:14

I assume the appearance changes quite dramatically as it grows, because it doesn't look like any of the photos of Lysimachia punctata on the RHS site.  The images there are all of mature plants.

Can you identify this please

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 12:33

 Before any smart-pants answers, I know the green bits are grass and weeds.

Your recent gardening buys.

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 08:26

When I ordered my arbour I was told it would be 2 to 3 weeks for delivery, that was on the 7th of April.  Got back home at 8am on the 12th from dropping the missus at work, and it was waiting for me. 

Flat pack (obviously) in 2 packages.  My original thought had been to put it together and then decide on the preferred position for it. We know the general space we want to put it in but want to fine tune.  As I can just about lift the one pack, and have to drag the other, I think I'm going to have to rethink my strategy.

rods to make plant supports a la monty this week

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 08:22

The stuff Monty used is reinforcing rod as used in concrete flooring and retaining walls.  You might find it in some proper builders merchants, not places like Homebase, but more likely from a steel stockholder.

Put 'reinforcing rod' and your location into a search and it will show local suppliers.

Your recent gardening buys.

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 17:55
Tootles wrote (see)

Yes Fairygirl! I thought they were pulling my leg. I asked for 2m but got 2.4m! Not really sure I understand that bit but didn't want to look like a plonker so just agreed!!

The timber is pre-cut so generally it would be either 1.8 m (roughly 6') or 2.4 m (roughly 8').  They would have cut it to length if you needed them to.  Some years ago I needed 8"x2" timbers for raised beds and they happily cut them to the required lengths.

Oddly, in this country we normally refer to the larger measurement first e.g. 6 x 2, but the yanks do it the other way round 2 x 6.  Strange these colonials!

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